Polish retailer is the latest to make Fallout 76 a gift-with-purchase as duping clean-up is deemed a success

    
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Today in who’s giving Fallout 76 away for free, we have Polish retailer X-Kom, which was reportedly bundling the game with $5 PlayStation 4 thumbsticks to sell them all in a hurry. As VG247 points out, the store is now sold out of the deal and back to selling the game at full price, but not before multiple gamers and a Polish website snapped photos.

Gamers will recall that we’ve seen several other such incidents in the last month. A week ago, German players found the game bolted on as a freebie with add-on storage hard drives for PS4s, and a week before that German GameStops were offering the game as a gift-with-purchase of used console controllers. Bethsoft’s PR has thus far denied rumors that shops were marking down inventory and said there’s no truth to the idea that the game might go free-to-play.

The good news here is that last week’s dupe clean-up has been called an actual success by critics, and of course the game’s roadmap has some bright spots on the way, including a major upgrade to stashes and tweaks to the flagging system when it comes to friendly fire on camps.

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[Image] Free copy of fo76 for ps4 when you buy ps4 thumbstick covers for 5$… :) from PS4

Source: Reddit via VG247

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Grimalkin

So, shovelware?

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Schmidt.Capela

Worse. It even comes bundled with the shovel.

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Akagi

I sure hope I don’t get a free Fallout 76 copy with my toilet paper or bread next time I go to the supermarket…

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Kinya

@Bree you know what is the best part? That it’s not as simple as you think. It was actually very clever promotion on their side and they simply used current trends.
People hate F76 so much (and I have no clue why), that every time some shop sells cheap copies of it or attach them to other products, they land on front pages.

X-kom had ONLY 10 promo articles like that on sale. 10!

So even if they actually gave 10 copies of Fallout 76 for free it is still very cheap and cost efficient promotion. And now all the gaming sites all over the world are writing about it.
Their marketing guy should get a big raise :D

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Dave Ward

The funniest part of your post is ‘And I have no clue why.’

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rosieposie

It’s almost as if they tried a little too hard to make a positive spin out of this train wreck.

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BalsBigBrother

Its almost as if you are all ignoring the meat of their post regarding the fact that this whole article is apparently based on a promo that applied to ONLY 10 copies of said game. Whoa its the end times.

I mean Overclockers UK are giving away The Division 2 and Anthem among others games with selected gpu’s. I imagine that they will give away more than 10 but its ok for them to do it with no negative press.

However Fallout 76 apparently isn’t allowed to because its made mistakes, some quite big ones. So every little promo with every retailer no matter how small is going to be spun in a negative light. Bad news sells.

Whatever though X-kom got its free advertising on multiple sites around the world and you lot get to be negative about a game. /sigh

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Mewmew

A GPU is a big expensive purchase that often will give you a new wanted game with them. Giving away a game that isn’t selling with a $5 controller is a much different thing.

Fallout 76 is a disaster. I played it, I enjoyed it for a bit, but I didn’t go into it with blinders on. I could look around and see that the game was a disaster. You have to be looking at it with very narrow vision not to see it even if you do have fun with it.

I’m not saying that this wasn’t a smart move on the retailers part, people all over the world suddenly know about this website and are trying to visit it and all they had to do was give away a few copies of Fallout 76 with a controller. But they did it to get rid of extra copies of a game that weren’t selling months after release as well.

I don’t see Fallout 76 bashing as bad. It’s a very poor release. Final Fantasy XIV deserved all the bashing it got before they did their do-over. After they did their do-over not only did the bashing stop but they got a huge amount of praise. That’s because the game stunk before they re-did it, not because people just loved to bash it, it really was a piece of garbage before they did version 2.0 despite the fact that some people liked it. It’s the same thing with Fallout 76. It deserves all the negativity that it gets.

If they want to release a re-done 2.0 version and give us the game we should have had, I’ll be the first to sing its praises. Until then they deserve to be nagged all the way to the desert and buried next to the copies of E.T. for Atari.

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Dave Ward

Nope, didn’t ignore it, just pointing out a sad fact. I could care less about sales and such for Fallout 76, its a logical steps for them to take to get people to try the game after such big blunders when the game first launched.

Also, the last paragraph does show some positive signs so there is that, it isn’t all negative.

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Mewmew

That is the funniest part!

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Kinya

Oh yeah, because I am not a lemming following the crowd and not criticizing this game? Me and my friends are playing it since launch and we have lost of fun. Deal with it.

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Dave Ward

No, its because that one line shows perfectly clearly that you’ve blinded yourself to why others don’t like it or didn’t want it made in the first place. I can understand why some would like the game, you have stated you can’t understand why others don’t like it. It shows a complete lack of understanding of anyone but yourself. Now if we don’t like the game or criticize it we’re ‘lemmings’ in your eyes.

I’m wrong actually, it wasn’t funny at all, just incredibly sad.

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Schmidt.Capela

Well, let’s see…

– Bethesda did with the announcement something similar to what Blizzard did with the Diablo Immortal announcement, just worse: they hyped the whole fanbase of the franchise for something, using every hype-building trick they could muster, only to announce something irrelevant to much of the franchise’s fan base (as it’s a franchise anchored in offline, single-player RPG games where the interaction with the NPCs is among the most important parts, and Bethesda made this new one into an online-only survival game without any NPCs).

– Still regarding the game genre, many fans of the previous Fallout games see this as not just an undesired game, but one whose very existence mainly serves to delay future “proper” entries in the franchise; there’s a lot of anger directed the game’s way due to it receiving the spotlight. The mobile Fallout and Elder Scrolls games avoided that due to Bethesda never presenting them as a company focus, but instead a side project.

– Every Bethesda fan knew an online-only game — and, as such, one where the usual ways of avoiding the all-too-common bugs in Bethesda games aren’t available — would be a trainwreck unless Bethesda managed to fix it’s bug- and exploit-prone development process. The resulting fracas gave a strong impression that Bethesda didn’t even try to fix it.

– The cash store. Much of Bethesda’s fan base hate the company’s previous forays into microtransactions, ever since their first foray into it with Oblivion’s horse armor; there’s a reason Skyrim amassed more negative reviews in the single month around its first, failed, paid mods attempt than in the rest of the time it’s been sold before or after.

For my part, let’s say that I wouldn’t be sad if the game was an utter and complete failure, and would be actually thrilled if said failure caused Bethesda to release an offline version of it with modding capabilities fully restored. The game as it currently stands is something I would never even bother to try, as it basically removes nearly everything I like in Bethesda’s Fallout games and replaces it with a crummy online-only mode where you can’t opt out of PvP and includes half-assed survival mechanics that I never liked in their previous RPGs that attempted it.

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I heard totally unconfirmed rumors that they will be putting Fallout ’76 keys in Cracker Jack boxes. 👀

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Free Fallout 76 with your third colonoscopy.

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Kinda adds new meaning to “third time’s the charm…” 🤣

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Tuor of Gondolin

I thought Cracker Jack boxes contained *prizes*…

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McGuffn

They ran out of jagged metal.

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Don’t you mean, They ran out of canvas? (You were so close) ;)

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IronSalamander8 .

Talk about stopping on a whammy!

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I love your occasional use of Press Your Luck. :)

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Schlag Sweetleaf

love that whammy:P

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Armsbend

I used to love that show like no other gameshow before or after it. I know they were outed as fake but who cared really?

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Schlag Sweetleaf

The show was fake? I learned of this person when I was making this, but didn’t read where the show was a scam.

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McGuffn

I initially missed the fallout 76 insert.

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K38FishTacos

The frames for those glasses are awesome.

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Nice Schlag, very Nice!

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Schlag Sweetleaf

felt a little mean-spirited, but one has to do what is required in the pursuit of lulz;P

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xpsync

Nah. It was funny, i love the game and i laughed, it was a great jab for sure.